"Pain & Gain" is loosely based on a true story of bodybuilders gone wild on steroids and cocaine.
The resulting carnage is as bloody as any Quentin Tarantino film. It's full of crazy violence and bizarre plot twists. The relentlessly profane yet snappy dialogue strives for the dark humor of the
Director Michael Bay is known for his exceedingly loud and obnoxious action films like
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"Mud" is an enjoyably lazy adventure of two small town Arkansas boys living on the Mississippi River.
Matthew McConaughey shines in one of his best screen roles to date. From
Ellis and Neckbone are 14 going on 30 — boyish enough to get a kick out of finding a boat stuck high up in a tree, but grownup by virtue of their hardscrabble life. Ellis' parents are struggling in their marriage, and Neckbone lives with a philandering uncle.
To their surprise, a wild-haired, crazy looking guy named Mud (McConaughey) is living in that boat. Ellis is drawn to Mud when he learns the man is in town to meet up with his true love, Juniper (
Mud is also hiding out from some bad guys and explains that his gun and his shirt are his only protection from them. The boys are soon getting him supplies and delivering messages to Juniper, unaware of the very real dangers they're getting themselves into.
As played by Tye Sheridan and Jacob Lofland, Ellis and Neckbone are terrific and indeed carry much of the film. A fine cast of supporting characters — Sam Shepard, Michael Shannon and
And yes, ladies, McConaughey does manage to take off that magic shirt. Enjoy.